Holland’s Sinterklass reeks of racism. For many years, the people of the Netherlands have celebrated the festival of Sinterklass (Santa Claus) with black characters which have their roots deep in African slavery. But now Holland’s black population cannot take the insult any more and want the black characters banned. Femi Akomolafe reports from Amsterdam.
They came – they saw – and together they conquered. Twice within the last hundred years in the two world wars, whose centenary and 75th anniversary respectively are about to be celebrated in 2014, the people of Britain and their former colonies came together to protect the values they shared against a greater tyranny. And twice afterwards, they came together to forge the peace. Yet, as Clayton Goodwin reports here, many commentators continue to classify them by the one characteristic that divides them, their race.
Below are the ugly statistics showing the racial disparities in incarceration in the USA, which disproportionately affects African-Americans.
African-Americans constitute 13% of the US population but 40% of its prison inmates. Experts attribute this alarming situation to racial discrimination perpetrated by America’s criminal justice system against black people. In this piece, Ifa Kamau Cush looks at the effect America’s judicial perfidy has had on the African-American population.
In May 2011 Kaye Whiteman wrote an article in these pages called “Saving the Africa Centre”. The title was taken from a campaign being waged at the time supported by those who feared that the historic venue in London’s King Street, Covent Garden was going to close, with the loss of an important part of the African experience in the British capital. As a Trustee of the Centre, he argued that although its heritage was vital, the Trustees felt that the King Street building was no longer fit for purpose, and that the Centre needed a new vision for the 21st century. Here, as it is about to embark on the adventure of leaving its home behind, he looks at the Centre’s future.
It was a shock for the Hollywood actor Don Cheadle to discover recently that his great grandfather, William, was enslaved not by whites, as most African-Americans were, but by Native Americans. The descendants of these former slaves are now seeking citizenship in the Chickasaw ethnic group, as their ancestors tried to do without success 100 years ago. Leslie Goffe reports.
A “British Obama” – is that idea viable? Probably not, in the foreseeable future. But hold on…Adam Afriyie of Ghanaian/English descent is supposed to be planning to challenge Prime Minister David Cameron’s leadership of the Conservative Party. It could be the start of the “silly season”, nonetheless there is a good African line-up in the House of Commons! Clayton Goodwin reports.
A former Nigerian midwife who defied personal adversity to fight for sufferers of sickle cell anaemia has been celebrated at her installation as mayor of London’s Borough of Enfield. Mercy Eze reports.